Consider a glass of water. Seems like such a simple, inconsequential thing doesn’t it? Yet that same liquid is responsible for carving immense geographical features such as the Grand Canyon. And it is vital to life on Earth.

Water touches our lives in countless ways. We use it daily for cooking, bathing, cleaning, and flushing. It helps operate the power plants that light our homes and grows the crops that end up as food on our dinner tables.

As the first state agency in the nation tasked to develop and manage the water of a river basin, the Brazos River Authority is keenly aware of the importance of this natural resource.

With that in mind, the Authority has developed a new internet website called “Water School.” Intended as a resource to answer questions about water’s many roles in our lives, Water School is designed as a blog site, with each posting a water-related topic. Subject areas include water conservation, environmental issues, water treatment, reservoirs and many others. There is also a series of questions on the Brazos River, the Authority and its programs and services.

You can search the blog for answers to specific questions or scan down a list of topics and click on any that interest you. The posts have links to related topics you might also find interesting, and many can connect to other Web pages and sites if you wish to explore an issue more in depth.

For instance, if you’ve ever wondered what happens after you flush the toilet, Water School has several postings on wastewater treatment and where the water goes when the process is over. Or say you want to know more about the safety and quality of the water that comes from your tap. Water School can help you with those questions too.

Perhaps you are interested in ways you can do your part to conserve this finite resource of water that will have to support a growing number of Texans. The site includes lots of information about conservation, with links to pages full of ideas for you to try out at home.

And if you are mainly interested in recreation on the Brazos and Authority lakes, Water School has you covered as well. Fishing, camping, canoeing and hunting in the Brazos River basin are but a few of the areas where you can turn to the site and get information about recreational opportunities as well as safety and regulations.

Water School currently has more than 200 posts with topics being added daily. We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions for topics and ways we can improve the site. To comment, click here.

We want Water School to be your “go to” source for all things water, and encourage you to explore and let us know how we can serve you better. To access the Water School Web site, click here.